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Boegoebaai green hydrogen programme, South Africa – update

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8th December 2023

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor


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Name of the Project
Boegoebaai green hydrogen programme.

The Namakwa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Northern Cape, South Africa.

Project Owner/s

Project Description
The Boegoebaai development has been designated a Strategic Integrated Project (Sip), an industrial development initiative under the South African National Development Plan.

Sasol and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) are funding a feasibility study to determine the feasibility of building a global export hub for green hydrogen and ammonia at the port that forms part of the project.

Boegoebaai has an established hydrogen production plant. The expanded development is expected to include 60 000 ha adjacent to the existing plant.

The proposed SEZ will also feature an electrolyser park; a desalination plant; a green ammonia production plant; a storage facility for green hydrogen and ammonia; a solar, wind and battery park; a supplier park for common components; and a gigafactory comprising an advanced manufacturing site to ramp up the production of electrolysers.

The outcomes of the feasibility study will determine the next step of development.

While the study is under way, the Northern Cape is considering how it can best position the province as a significant producer of green hydrogen and a distribution hub for the export market.

Sasol’s plans include:

  • the construction of 10 GW of electrolyser capacity at the Boegoebaai SEZ by 2025/26;
  • the packaging of 240 000 ha for the development of renewable-energy generation infrastructure;
  • partnering with the private sector to build a green hydrogen pipeline system to connect projects across the province to the SEZ; and
  • partnering with State-owned freight and logistics group Transnet for the deployment of dedicated rail infrastructure to link green hydrogen producers to the SEZ, as well as other ports in the country by 2030.

Potential Job Creation
Not stated.

Capital Expenditure
Sasol has partnered with the IDC, which will provide joint funding for the feasibility study.

Planned Start/End Date
The feasibility study is expected to take about 24 months and will determine the next step of development.

Latest Developments
Financial adviser Mizuho International has been appointed to assist Sasol by facilitating an “international search for partners to co-invest and . . . complete further studies in this continent-leading opportunity” at Boegoebaai.

Sasol has indicated that partnering enquiries can be directed to Victor Barcot or Gerard McHugh of Mizuho International at:

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
None stated.

Contact Details for Project Information
Sasol senior manager: group media relations and external communication Alex Anderson, tel +27 71 600 9605 and email

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter


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